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September 26, 2005

Don't Tell Me Beloved Get Smart Actor Don Adams Has Died

I asked you not to tell me that. Maxwell Smart 86'd.

Would you believe it if I told you Don Adams was the greatest theatrical lion since John Barrymore?

No?

Would you believe, the most talented comedic actor working in television since Jackie Gleason?

No?

Okay. How about a guy who could deliver a shoe-phone gag like nobody's business?

But really, I watched this show compulsively as a kid. I loved it. I liked Don Adams so much I even watched his very-short lived Screen Test show, which was a kind of gameshow where contestants re-enacted scenes from famous movies (not a one of which I'd ever seen, so much was lost on me).

PS: Don't get me started on Agent 99. God, I was so in love with her it hurt.

I Missed This...

In 1941, he dropped out of school to join the Marines. In Guadalcanal he survived the deadly blackwater fever and was returned to the States to become a drill instructor, acquiring the clipped delivery that served him well as a comedian.

Who'd've thunk it? Thanks to Allah again for pointing that out.


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